OPPORTUNITY – Executive Director
Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO)
The Ideal Candidate
An experienced nonprofit leader, you inspire board members, staff, and partners to achieve ever greater heights. A successful fundraiser, you are able to engage board members, donors, and partners who bring dollars and social capital to bear. Staying on top of tech trends and anticipating how they will impact people - design thinking and UX - is fun for you. You need to know what’s next. While you are often described as visionary, your grounded and pragmatic approach means you roll up your sleeves and get things done, working collaboratively with a team to achieve data-driven results. A natural relationship-builder with a strong personal network and social media presence, you’re a thought leader who can translate insights into action. Your sense of humor and ability to laugh at yourself lightens a room. Intellectually curious, you see opportunities where others see challenges. No stranger to the legal system, you understand the difficulties of navigating it without a trained attorney and are passionate about realizing justice for all – believing it can be done.
Illinois Legal Aid Online
ILAO’s vision is to ensure that all people can live safe, secure and equal lives in a just society. We accomplish this by embracing technology to provide accessible resources and simplified processes, enabling anyone with access to the internet to identify, understand and ultimately solve their problems. Nationally recognized for our innovation, quality content, and impact, ILAO was one of the first organizations in the country to put comprehensive legal resources online so that individuals who cannot afford a lawyer can solve their own problems.
This ED role is an opportunity to lead an already high performing organization into a new phase of growth and impact. The constant drum of technological innovation and change, especially in the legal space, means ILAO must be constantly on the cusp of what is coming, improving what it offers and embracing its role as a disrupter. With a $1.6 million budget, 17 exceptional staff members, a highly-engaged board and partners across the state and nationally, ILAO is poised for growth, including new revenue and fundraising opportunities.
The Executive Director brings vision and executes strategy, advancing ILAO’s mission to constituents, donors, and partners, including fundraising and revenue generating partnerships; promoting ILAO through public speaking, the media, donor relations, and strategic planning; and working with the internal team, Board of Directors and external stakeholders to ensure that ILAO continues to thrive operationally and strategically. Tenacious in the drive to results, the ED is committed to iterative process and continuous learning to foster innovation. Reporting to ILAO’s Board of Directors, the right candidate embraces a culture of integrity, collaboration, while providing strategic leadership.
• 7+ years of senior level management experience with a demonstrated ability to manage and motivate team members and stakeholders while remaining flexible and able to adapt to changing circumstances.
• Demonstrated fundraising results with excellent networking/relationship-building skills.
• Thorough understanding of technology; preference given to understanding the methods/models for delivering legal services.
• Experience scaling an organization or analogous proven results.
• Prior legal services experience, particularly an understanding of how unrepresented persons engage with the legal system or other non-profit experience preferred.
• Juris Doctor (JD) or other advanced degree preferred, Bachelor’s degree required.
This position offers a competitive salary, benefits, and convenient downtown Chicago office. To apply, visit: